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February 2020
Why The RURAL Act Mattered
The RURAL Act — the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands Act — solved the problem by changing the tax code to exempt federal, state and local grants from being defined as member-income for electric co-ops.
Operation Round-Up 2019 Giving
In 2019 FreeState members generously gave $113,412 in spare change to area organizations. The FreeState Community Foundation facilitates the program with the help of a volunteer member committee of five that reviews and awards grant funds quarterly. 

Trustee Election Deadline Approaching
Each year members elect trustees to the FreeState Board of Trustees. It is time to again begin the election process. Our trustees are an integral part of our cooperative as they have a fiduciary duty to shareholders and set policies.

Remember When the Lights Came On?
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Medical Necessity Notification
Notifying FreeState of your situation does not guarantee uninterrupted electric service, nor does it ensure immediate attention to your service should the area experience a power outage. It does alert us to the situation. Letting us know your specific needs allows FreeState to communicate promptly with you. 

Steve Foss, CEO, (left) congratulates Randy Richards on his retirement from FreeState on Friday, January 3, 2020. Richards served as the assistant general manager position, but started at Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative in 1980 as an apprentice lineman. 
FreeState keeps a list of agencies that have been known to assist people who may need help paying utility bills. FreeState Electric Cooperative is not affiliated with any of these organizations. Contact information is provided as a courtesy to you .
Multifunctional Cookers
We gave away three multifunctional pressure cookers during the Topeka Farm Show. One of the questions I got was how much energy these multifunctional cookers use compared to other methods of cooking, and if I like the way they cook.
Privacy Policy 
FreeState is a consumer-owned and consumer-controlled electric cooperative. FreeState operates on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of its member-consumers. Accordingly, the Board has adopted this Policy on Privacy of Member-Consumer Information to establish fair information principles for FreeState in carrying out its responsibility to respect the privacy of personally identifiable information about member-consumers.

Notice: FreeState publicly discloses its policies and practices for the collection, maintenance, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information about member-consumers.   
          
Statement of Non-Discrimination
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
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